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French fighter jets 'take off on mission against Isis'
A rafale fighter jet takes off from the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Photo: AFP

French fighter jets have reportedly taken off for an operation in Mosul, Iraq.

Paris police bust high-rolling gang of pram thieves
Photo: Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr

A gang of thieves has been caught after they pinched an estimated €100,000 worth of prams.

French banned from 'Mona Lisa smile' on photo IDs
You can forget a smile like this on your passport photo.

The French are going to have to remain grumpy-looking, at least on their passport photos.

It's official: France finally gets its new map
Photo: AFP

So, how well do you know the new map?

VIDEOS: France's raunchiest TV commercials of all time
Photo: Gifi

Two sexually-charged adverts have got people hot under the collar in France, a little strange perhaps given the history of the French for making raunchy adverts. Take a look back through time at these famously steamy ads.

Why are foreign students in France 'Europe's unhappiest'?
Students at a university in Normandy. Photo: AFP

... for the fourth year in a row.

German court jails man who tried to smuggle guns to Paris
The weapons found inside the man's car. Photo: Upper Bavarian Police.

A Montenegrin man was handed a four-year jail sentence in Germany on Thursday for heading to Paris with assault rifles and explosives hidden in his car shortly before the November attacks.

Is Hollande's last budget target really credible?
Photo: AFP

The president says the budget is "serious" but many would disagree.

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Room for improvement: Paris's matchbox apartments
Receptionist Ivan Lopez in his tiny "chambre de bonne". Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Thousands of Parisians round off a hard day's work with a trudge up six flights of stairs to a tiny, stuffy room they resignedly call home.

Eleven things you should know before moving to Paris
Photo: Pupkin/Flickr

Moving to Paris or just arrived? Read this first.

In celebration of the stinkiest cheeses to come from France
Photo: Chris Buecheler/Flickr

Gerard Depardieu is bashing France for its "stinky cheese", but we couldn't give a whiff.

Why everyone should party in a French chateau at least once
The Chateau d'Autricourt in central France, an ideal location for a party.

Want to party like it's 1599? Then look no further than an historic French chateau on Airbnb, says Oliver Gee.

French job speak: All the terms you need to know
Photo: AFP

French working life comes with a whole glossary of work terms (and acronyms) that you never learned at language school. Here's what you need to know.

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China turns to Brittany cows to feed its babies
Photo: AFP

Far east giant provides a boost for Brittany's beleaguered dairy farmers.

France's 'fake tough guy' wobbles in comeback bid
Photo: AFP

The scandals are stacking up for Nicolas Sarkozy just at the wrong time.

Saudi princess 'told guard to kill Paris decorator'
Photo: Eurovizion/Flickr

"You have to kill this dog, he doesn't deserve to live," the princess allegedly said.

Paying for sex in France: New law has been 'catastrophic'
Photo: AFP

Prostitutes say new law to fine clients has been "catastrophic" but support groups say it "works well".

Only in France: 'Drive slowly - grape juice on the roads'
Photo: Rexness/Flickr

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Merkel wants to send back failed migrants
Photo: FNDE/Wikimedia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under fire at home over her refugees policy, called Saturday for Europe to secure deals with third countries to send back migrants who do not qualify for asylum.

Swiss politician argues against hijab in ID photos
The official guidelines should what ID photos allow. Photo: FedPol

Should the Islamic headscarf be banned in photographs for official Swiss documents?

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10 German films you have to watch before you die
Photo: DPA

These films are so good, not even The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari made the list.

Danish nationalists hand out cans of 'refugee spray'
The party said it distributed more than 100 cans of its 'refugee spray'. Photo: Daniel Carlsen/ Danskernes Parti

The nationalist Danes’ Party elicited strong reactions went it took to the streets of Haderslev to hand out cans of what it called ‘refugee spray’.

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Ten facts you probably didn't know about Spanish wine
Spain is the biggest exporter of wine in the world. Photo: LexnGer/Flickr

As the wine harvest gets well underway across Spain, The Local celebrates the nation's favourite tipple with some little known facts.

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